UK weather: Flood warning and train strikes spark travel chaos as two days’ worth of rain alerts swamp Britain

Picture supplied by Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture dated January 2nd shows the flooded road in Sutton Gault in Cambridgeshire after the River Delph burst its banks.The Environment Agency has issued 16 flood warnings and 87 flood alerts. After a cold and dry day on Monday, forecasters say the first week of 2023 looks unsettled with wet and windy weather for most, before turning milder. Fourteen flood warnings are in place for the next five days, with local flooding from rivers and surface water possible on Tuesday and Wednesday for parts of North West England.

BRITS face travel chaos today and tomorrow as a double whammy of flooding and train strikes hit.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for rain in two areas from 2pm today.

Brits have been warned about the likelihood of flooding

The Met Office has two weather warnings in place for rain covering today and Wednesday

Paddington train station in London was deserted today due to industrial action

The first covers central and western parts of Scotland, stretching from as far north as Inverness to just north of Glasgow.

While the second spreads over parts of South West Scotland and North West England.

England’s Environment Agency has warnings in place from Tuesday afternoon stretching into Wednesday.

It says parts of North West England could be affected, along with areas of the West Midlands.

Local flooding is also possible but not expected for the Moors in South West England later Tuesday and on Wednesday.

The grim weather forecast comes as more train strikes get underway this week in the long-running row over pay, job cuts and conditions.

Brits have been urged not to travel on the ThamesLink service unless absolutely necessary during the strike days on January 3, 4, 5 6 and 7.

Members of the RMT and Aslef unions plan to stage the mass walk out.

Eastern parts of the UK will see a chilly, misty start to the day although rain will quickly spread East along with strong winds and milder conditions.

The Scottish hills are expected to see some snowfall.

As the day wears on heavier rain will also spread eastwards.

Overnight, most parts will see mild conditions with rain and drizzle, some heavy, across western high ground.

Wednesday morning will see intermittent showers for most areas, particularly for Wales, northern England, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, though it will be a drier, mostly cloudy afternoon.

There will be some sunny spells for the rest of England, and it will be dry for most of the day with a fresh westerly wind.

Thursday will be a cloudy day with a band of rain starting off in the south in the morning, moving towards northern parts by the afternoon and becoming heavy.

Dry to the north in the morning, and to the south in the afternoon.

Friday will be mostly cloudy with a few showers and some sunny spells.

A car is stranded in the flooding near Muchelney, Somerset

Flooding in York last night as the river Ouse in the city centre broke its banks

The train strike also badly affected London’s Waterloo station which was empty this morning